Fall is one of my favourite times of the year. The leaves are changing colours on the trees, the air is crisp and wineries are busy harvesting grapes to make delicious wine for the next vintage. I wanted to plan a fun staycation for me and my husband close to home and thought Langley would be perfect and it sure was!
Langley is situated about 45 minutes from Vancouver. From pumpkin patches, farms, local wineries and breweries and some of the best restaurants in the Valley, I knew it would be a perfect Fall destination for us. We packed an overnight bag, hit the road and was ready to explore the best that Langley had to offer!
Our day kicked off at Township 7’s Langley winery and tasting room. The Vineyard at this location grows both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes that go into their sparkling wine program. They offer two different tasting experiences to choose from, each with flights of four different wines. We kicked off our tasting with Polaris, a blanc de blancs brut sparking wine made from 100% Chardonnay grapes! Did you know, Township 7 offers one of Canada’s only sparkling wine clubs?
Other incredible wines we tasted from Township 7 included the 2019 Rose, 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery is situated in the heart of the Fraser Valley surrounded by local vineyards. It is definetly a must stop on the Langley wine trail!
Then, we made our way 5 minutes down the road to Chaberton Estate Winery. This is the oldest and largest winery in the Fraser Valley, opening its doors in 1975 and now producing 50,000+ cases of wine!! Chaberton has 55 acres of vineyards at their Langley winery but also sources grapes from the Okanagan. The winery has a beautiful tasting room and large picnic space offering flights of 4 wine tastings for $10.
We had reservations at the French inspired Bistro, Bacchus, where we enjoyed one of the most delicious plates we’ve had to date! We started with the French Onion Soup and Spinach Salad made with caramelized onions, croutons, toasted walnuts and local Blue cheese from Mt. Lehman. Then, we shared two entrees- the salmon special of the day and the Beef Bourguignon that was braised in Chaberton red wine! Our table was situated right against the vineyard that grows local Bacchus, a white wine varietal the winery is known for.
Then, we checked into our hotel for the evening- the Sandman Signature – which is located right off the highway and central to everything! This was the first hotel stay we’ve experienced since COVID and thought all safety protocols were in place to allow us to feel safe during our stay. Masks were mandatory throughout the hotel and only 2 people were allowed in the elevator at one time. Our room was a 2-level loft style suite with a large living space and kitchen below and bedroom upstairs. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a comfortable, clean and spacious stay in Langley.
For dinner, we had reservations at the local Italian-inspired wine bar, The Bench, located in the quaint and historic Fort Langley. The Bench offers snacks, boards and sharable plates perfect to enjoy over delicious cocktails or BC Wine. We started with the charcuterie and cheese board which was so impressive with artisan meats, imported cheese, house-made pickles and mustard, fruit preserves and crackers. We also shared the Puttanesca, which is a house-made pasta dish made with garlic, white wine, tomato gems, olives and grana padano. Of course, we had to sip on italian Spritz made with prosecco and Aperol to complete our experience.
The next day, we kicked off our morning at Saba Cafe for a memorable brunch. The cute outdoor patio space reminded me of sitting in a cafe on the streets of Paris. Everything on the menu is made from scratch and locally sourced ingredients. We enjoyed the Classic Farmhouse Breakfast and the Veggie Breakfast Skillet and would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an amazing meal and experience! Be sure to leave room to enjoy delicious pastries from their bakery on-site.
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Follow our exact two-day itinerary listed below and explore Langley this fall.
Two day Itinerary for Langley this Fall
- 11am | Tasting at Township 7
- 12pm | Tasting at Chaberton Winery
- 12:30pm | Lunch at Bacchus (Chaberton Winery)
- 3pm | Check into the Sandman Hotel
- Afternoon | Explore Fort Langley (Little White House, the Village Antiques Mall, and Bella & Wren are a few of my fave spots)
- 7pm | Dinner at the Bench Wine Bar
- 10am | Brunch at Saba Cafe
- 12pm | Pumpkin Patch at Aldor Acres Family Farms
Thank you to Tourism Langley and its partners for sponsoring our weekend getaway to Langley!!